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(an acronym standing for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) is a single-player video game published by Activision. First developed for the Atari 2600 and released in March 1984, the game was ported to many of the home computers and gaming consoles of that era.
The player assumes control of Roderick Hero (sometimes styled as "R. Hero", a play on "our hero"), a one-man rescue team. Miners working in Mount Leone are trapped, and it's up to Roderick to reach them.
The player is equipped with a backpack-mounted helicopter unit, which allows him to hover and fly, along with a helmet-mounted laser and a limited supply of dynamite. Each level consists of a maze of mine shafts that Roderick must safely navigate in order to reach the miner trapped at the bottom. The backpack has a limited amount of power, so the player must reach the miner before the power supply is exhausted.This item is part of the collection: ARCHIVE.ORG Console Library: Atari 2600Identifier: atari_2600_h.e.r.o._1984_activision_john_van_ryzin_az-036-04Mediatype: softwareScanner: Internet Archive Python library 0.4.8Publicdate: 2013-12-25 10:59:12Addeddate: 2013-12-25 10:59:12Emulator: atari2600Emulator_ext: binController: joystick
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January 24, 2014
My Favorite Atari Game
Okay, you're rescuing guys from a cave. You have a helicopter backpack (cool) laser eyes (cool!) and bombs (Cool.)
You have to blow up/cut through walls, avoid lava, kill bats, and get to the men at the bottom of each cavern with enough life left to get them out.
The early levels are all very easy, but around level 5 things start to get interesting (I remember the first time I knocked the lights out, moving in to a new screen. I freaked out.)
The levels are always presented in the same order (thanks activision :-p) but the gameplay is so much fun that I don't mind playing through a few easy levels every time I sit down. (It helps to sharpen the saw if you haven't played in a while)
The closest modern equivalent to this game is probably Ratchet and Clank (multiple weapons, helicopter backpack) and this game is every bit as much fun as that one.
Seriously, play it. Play it for a long time.
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